Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Limited Edition Color for the Spring KAL!


Spring is here!  Well . . . not really.  But it is time to start thinking about the spring Knit-Along with Michelle Hunter starting on April 2nd!

"Let's Make a Teal"
The April Knit-Along is a pair of stylish socks called Kaika and the pattern will be available in three women's sizes (small, medium and large).  So what do the socks look like?  We don't know - that's the fun part of a mystery knit along!  We do know that the Kaika socks are knit from the toe-up and feature Japanese stitches.  "Kaika" is the name of an early Japanese emperor who ruled from about 150 BC to around 100 BC, and he liked to wear teal socks.  Ok, so nobody really knows what his favorite color was, but it's a good tie-in to the Japanese stitches!

Emperor Kaika
And the yarn?  Now that's the best part.  The socks feature a limited edition yarn color dyed by Seattle area hand-dyer, Schmutzerella. The yarn color, dubbed "Let's Make a Teal!" is to-die-for-gorgeous in Wolkenspeil base yarn, an 80% Extra Fine Superwash Merino Wool and 20% Nylon yarn.  There is a limited supply of the new color, and when it's gone, it's gone!

Never done a KAL?  It's easy ... Michelle will reveal the pattern on her website in four segments, starting on Thursday, April 2nd.  How much does it cost?  Nothing!  You don't have to register or pay any fee to participate. You may even win some cool prizes from Skacel.  Have a question?  No problem, Michelle posts photos and online video instructions, plus you can post questions on Michelle's KAL site or in her Ravelry group. Questions are typically answered daily.  It's like having a knitting tutor right by your side!  And it's OK to get video help at 3 am - perhaps your grandmother isn't so accommodating!

So how do you start?
    Pick Your Yarn Color 
    Wolkenspiel in Autumn Mood
    I'm going to use Schmutzerella's limited edition yarn color "Let's Make a Teal!" in Wolkensiel.

    Don't like teal?  Wouldn't the world be a boring place if everyone had the same favorite color?  You don't have to use teal, the Wolkenspiel yarn is available in seven other stunning colors as well.  Pick your favorite!

    Check Your Needles
    The recommended needles are size US 1 (2.5 mm) double pointed needles or size US 1 (2.5 mm) 32″ circulars if you prefer "The Magic Loop" method. If you don't have a set we love the addi circulars!

    Pick Your Pins
    You will also need a handful of ordinary safety pins or locking stitch markers depending on the size socks you are knitting; the small size needs 18 pins, the medium 22 pins, and the large 24 pins.

    Happy Knitting . . . .  Amy

    Friday, January 23, 2015

    Canyon & Mammoth - Two New Bulky Yarns!

    Canyon in Desert Oasis
    It's January and windy and snowing and I'm cold.  I'm really cold!  No time to lollygag around knitting a delicate little lace weight project, it's time for warm, instant gratification projects that you can knit over the weekend and wear on Monday!

    So I am thrilled with the timing of Dream in Color's two new yarns, Canyon and Mammoth.  Both are bulky weight yarns of 100% extra fine wool yarn that is grown, spun and hand dyed in the USA.  "Extra fine" refers to the diameter of each individual strand of wool hair - the thinner the fiber, the softer the wool.  Extra fine wool has the famous warmth of wool with the softness of a luxury fiber.

    Mammoth in Goblin Valley
    Both Canyon and Mammoth are available in over 20 hand dyed in-stock colors.  Both yarns are bulky, they come in the same colors, and they are even the same price.   

    So what's the difference?  Mammoth is a bulkier bulky.  Canyon's gauge is 14 stitches for a 4.0 inch swatch and a recommend needed size of 9 or 10 US.  Mammoth's gauge is 12 stitches for a 4.0 inch swatch and the recommended needle size is 11.

    So choose your bulkiness - and start knitting some quick, warm winter gear!
    Keep Warm!

    Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    Double Diamond Shawl Pattern FREE with Serenity Silk + Yarn


    If diamonds are a girl's best friend, then the Double Diamond Shawl is a girl's BFF!

    The Double Diamond Shawl is a simple and elegant design that incorporates small central-edge and bottom-edge lace panels to make an approachable pattern look masterful.  The shape is roughly triangular and uses just one skein of Serenity Silk +So how do you get the pattern?  It's FREE with the purchase Serenity Silk + yarn!

    Zen Yarn Garden's Serenity Silk + is a two-ply blend of superwash merino wool, cashmere, and silk that offers stunning stitch definition in a soft, luxurious fabric. The wool provides a nice basic structure, the cashmere offers a little decadent softness, and the silk adds to the drape and sheen of this fingering-weight yarn that's beautifully hand-dyed.  We have 13 gorgeous colors in stock, but if that's not enough we also have 90 special order colors available!

    Bonus:  All Zen Yarn Garden yarns are on sale at 20% off until February 2nd!  The sale includes both in-stock and special order colors!

    The body of the shawl is knit on 40″ circular needles, though long straight needles would do if you're uncomfortable on circulars. The shawl is finished with a very simple crochet trim bind off. Even if you're a novice crocheter, you will have no trouble with this easy edging.

    You will need one 40″ size US 6 / 4.0 mm and one size US 5 / 3.75 mm circular needle. I like the addi Turbos, and I also suggest the addi Rockets if you like a sharper point. Adjust the needle size to obtain gauge if necessary, and no, the length isn't important on the smaller needle. You'll also need a US C / 3.0 mm crochet hook for the crocheted bind-off and edging. Don't worry!  If you have even the most basic crochet skills, you should be fine. I highly recommend the addi Swing Crochet Hook for a nice comfortable grip or the more traditional and affordable addi Color Coded Crochet Hook; both have the same nickel-plated surface as addi Turbo knitting needles. And a couple of stitch markers would definitely be handy!

    Wrap yourself  in the luxury of diamonds and silk!

    Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

    Friday, January 16, 2015

    January Dream Club - Socks!

    January Dream Club Socks
    Are you ready for the next Dream Club kit? 

    Each Dream in Color Dream Club kit contains a special new pattern and an exclusive color dyed only for the Dream Club - and when they're gone, they're gone!  This one is going to go fast! 

    The January Dream Club is a sparkly, lacy sock designed by Andi Smith. The socks are gorgeous, but the color steals the show.  The January color is a cool blend of different shades of blue, ranging from hints of purple to teal, with a touch of sparkle twisted into each strand.  The yarn is Dream in Color's Starry yarn, which is 98% superwash merino and 2% sparkly Lurex fiber. The vibrant blue will keep your toes toasty while they sparkle like a snowflake!

    January Dream Club Color
    Who doesn't like blue?  It looks great on everyone and goes perfectly with you favorite jeans! Jump in on the Dream Club Ravelry page to read how much everyone loves this color!

    Pssst!  Did you miss the November or December Dream Club kits?  There are still a (very) few kits left.

    Happy Knitting . . .  Amy

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    Flipping Out Over addi FlipStix

    addi FlipStix
    Do you prefer addi's regular classic Turbo tips or the longer, pointier lace tips?  Well, now you don't have to choose.  The new addi FlipStix have both tips!

    I've been using the FlipStix for hats, mittens and socks.  I use the Turbo tip for most of the knitting, then switch to the lace tip end for the top of the hat, the point of the mitten, and the sock toe.  The lace tip works great for knitting into those tight K2tog stitches when you're doing a lot of decreases, and it's nice to just flip the needle around instead of digging through the bottom of my work bag looking for a new set of needles.

    Each FipStix set includes five anodized aluminum needles in fun, vibrant colors.  The brightly colored needles are easy to find in your project bag.  I also discovered that using different colored needles makes it easier for first-timers to learn knitting in the round.   Newbies always complain that there's just too many needles, and with different colored needles it's easier to tell your brain to concentrate on just two needles and ignore the others.

    It's always fun to try new things, but it's even more fun when they're on sale!  We've got the addi FlipSix on sale for 20% off!  Give them a try and you'll flip, too!

     Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

    Monday, January 5, 2015

    Zen Yarn Garden - All Yarns and Pattens are 20% Off!

    A Zen garden should inspire you to feel serene moments of spiritual enlightenment.  But a Zen yarn garden should inspire you to knit!

    To help you feel inspired we are featuring Zen Yarn Garden yarns with a 20% off sale for the month of January!  Zen Yarn Garden is a small Canadian yarn company run by husband-and-wife team Neville and Roxanne Yeun.  Neville, a chemist, is the Lead Dyer and Roxanne is the Creative Director (check out Roxanne's patterns!).  Neville and Roxanne are assisted by just a handful of helpers with all of the different phases of yarn production from the raw, undyed yarns to the dyed and packaged finished yarns. 

    Bacchus Shawl
    The yarn is spectacular - and it's all 20% off!  Some of my favorites:
            • Serenity 20 is a superfine wool blend with a heaping 20% of cashmere that will create cozy warm socks or a lacy, luxurious shawl that begs to be cuddled with.  We've got 30 gorgeous saturated colors in stock. 
            • Serenity Glitter Sock yarn is a soft yarn with just a hint of sparkle.  The superfine wool and cashmere blend has just a little bit of tensely glitter to make you twinkle!  We have 10 shimmering colors to choose from. 
            • Serenity DK is a soft and squishy wool and cashmere blend great for a super soft hat or luxurious sweater.  We have 15 bold jewel colors in stock.
            • Serenity Worsted is a medium weight wool and cashmere blend.  Create a luxurious cozy hat or super-cuddly scarf!
            • Serenity Silk Single is a single ply superfine blend of wool, cashmere and silk in 19 amazing in-stock colors.  Knit a lace shawl or exquisite fine gauge garment that screams luxury!
    Serenity Silk Single in Frosted Teal
    Want more color choices?  We've got you covered.  We can special order any Zen Yarn Garden yarn in any color - and there are 90 special order colors to choose from!

    We also have all of our Zen Yarn Garden patterns on sale at 20% off!  There are 13 great patterns to choose from!  Challenge yourself with the traditional Estonian lace nupps on the crescent-shaped Bacchus Shawl, or knit the quick one-skein Howard's Tam stocking cap.

    Bonus:  The 20% off sale includes all in-stock and special order colors!

    Indulge yourself in the luxury you deserve! Don't delay ... the sale ends Feburary 2nd! 

    Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!  It's time for New Year's Resolutions - and we just can't help jumping on the bandwagon and suggesting a few:
    • Make a New Friend!  It's always more fun to knit with a friend, and one of my favorite ways to knit with a lot of friends is with Michelle Hunter's Knit-Alongs!  Michelle's next Knit-Along is the unisex  Endgame Scarf.  The project starts on January 1st but you can jump in at any time.  You'll need three or four balls (depending on the size) of HiKoo's Kenzie yarn - and all 30 colors of Kenzie are on sale at 20% off!
    • Go Green! Resolve to be gentler on Mother Nature with HiKoo's American B.R.A.N.D. yarn.  So what does "BRAND" stand for?  Born Raised And Naturally Dyed in the USA!  Does "natural" dye mean dull, boring colors?  No!  We have 12 wonderful bold, bright colors dyed using only natural dyes including nuts, roots, bugs, flowers, fruits and trees.  Plus you can save some of your own green - American B.R.A.N.D. wool blend sock weight yarn is on sale at 30% off!
    Don't Procrastinate!  Our After Christmas Sale runs through Sunday, January 4th.  We have tons of yarn on sale at 25% to 50% off but the sale ends soon!  Resolve to stop procrastinating by shopping our After Christmas Sale before this Sunday!

    From all of us at FiberWild!, have a safe and happy New Year!

    Happy Knitting . . . . Amy